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U.K. box office: And ‘Avatar’ is back at the top

And kiddie flicks do very well indeed: 1. Avatar: £2.8 million 2. The Princess and the Frog: £1.7 million (3rd week in wide release; up 15%) 3. The Lovely Bones: £1.637 million (NEW) 4. Valentine’s Day: £1.583 million (2nd week; drops 58%) 5. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief: £1.487 million (2nd week; … more…

U.K. box office: ‘Avatar’ opens big

And homegrown British films make good showings: 1. Avatar: £8.5 million (NEW) 2. St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold: £1.6 million (NEW) 3. A Christmas Carol: £1 million 4. Nativity!: £.58 million (4th week; drops 13%) 5. Planet 51: £.455 million (3rd week; drops 41%) (actual numbers, not estimates) Avatar enjoyed the third … more…

U.K. box office: ‘Paranormal Activity’ jumps to No. 1

And new openers tank: 1. Paranormal Activity: £1.8 million (2nd week; drops 49%) 2. A Christmas Carol: £1.7 million 3. The Twilight Saga: New Moon: £1.6 million (3rd week; drops 62%) 4. Planet 51: £1.5 million (NEW) 5. Law Abiding Citizen: £.99 million (2nd week; drops 33%) (actual numbers, not estimates) The best a new … more…

North American box office: ‘New Moon’ sparkles

It’s official — it’s as easy to pander to girls as it is to boys: 1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon: $142.8 million (NEW) 2. The Blind Side: $34.1 million (NEW) 3. 2012: $26.4 million (2nd week; drops 60%) 4. Planet 51: $12.3 million (NEW) 5. A Christmas Carol: $12.3 million (3rd week; drops 45%) … more…

U.K. box office: ‘2012’ opens big

But Christmas Carol is the real winner: 1. 2012: £6.5 million (NEW) 2. A Christmas Carol: £2.5 million (2nd week; up 31%) 3. Harry Brown: £1.3 million (NEW) 4. Up: £.99 million 5. The Men Who Stare at Goats: £.8 million (2nd week; drops 34%) (actual numbers, not estimates) Just as in North America, 2012 … more…

Planet 51 (review)

Much of what might have made it appealing to true devotees of science fiction and cinema, like how it’s a pastiche of 1950s B-movies, is lost when its parodying of the paranoia and xenophobia of those films is so relentlessly trite and obvious…